Synopses & Reviews
Martin Simmonds father tells him, “Never trust a musician when he speaks about love.” The advice comes too late. Martin already loves Dovidl Rapoport, an eerily gifted Polish violin prodigy whose parents left him in the Simmondss care before they perished in the Holocaust. For a time the two boys are closer than brothers. But on the day he is to make his official debut, Dovidl disappears. Only 40 years later does Martin get his first clue about what happened to him.
In this ravishing novel of music and suspense, Norman Lebrecht unravels the strands of love, envy and exploitation that knot geniuses to their admirers. In doing so he also evokes the fragile bubble of Jewish life in prewar London; the fearful carnival of the Blitz, and the gray new world that emerged from its ashes. Bristling with ideas, lambent with feeling, The Song of Names is a masterful work of the imagination.
“A vivid and outstanding story that sings about artistry, genius, music, love, envy, friendship, and revenge.”
“The superb Simon Prebble . . . embodies all the dreams, love, and loss Martin has allowed to overshadow his life . . . exposing the love, envy, and exploitation that entangle geniuses and their acolytes.”
Lebrechts award-winning novel unravels the complex strands of love, envy, and exploitation that bind artistic geniuses to their admirers.
About the Author
NORMAN LEBRECHT writes on music and cultural affairs. He is currently with the Evening Standard, after a decade as music columnist for the Daily Telegraph. He presents BBC Radio 3s lebrecht.live, and is a frequent TV broadcaster. He is the author of several books which have been translated into fourteen languages. The Song of Names won the Whitbread First Novel Award. Lebrecht lives in London.SIMON PREBBLE, a British-born performer of considerable talent and experience, has built a successful career that spans the Atlantic. As a stage and television actor he has played in everything from soaps to Shakespeare, but it is as a veteran narrator of some 275 audio book titles that he has made his mark since coming to the U.S. in 1990. Audiofile magazine has named him a “Golden Voice” and in 2004 he was named “Narrator of the Year” by Publishers Weekly. He lives with his wife in New York.